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Commencement at American University

Commencement celebrates all that students have brought to the university during their time at AU. 

  • 2022 Fall Commencement: Sunday, December 18, 2022
    (For August, Term 3, Term 4, and December graduates)
  • 2023 Spring Commencement: Friday, May 12, 2023 and Saturday, May 13, 2023
    (For Term 1, May, and Term 2 graduates)

View Commencement Schedule

American University students watch commencement

Commencement Details

  • Schedule
  • Know Before You Go


American University students recess after commencement

Graduate Information

  • Eligibility
  • Registration & Regalia

  • Student Speaker Selection


American University student speaks at commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Health & Safety
  • Day-of Instructions


Countdown to Commencement

  1. Apply to graduate on Eagle Service and go to Graduation Overview. 

  2. Check your AU email account for monthly updates from beginning in the fall.

  3. Chosen Name Students can now use a chosen first, middle, and last name(s) on their diplomas. Chosen names may include nicknames, anglicized names, initials, mononyms, names that reflect gender identity, or family name(s). Learn more on the chosen name website.

  4. Diploma Name Verification Even if your chosen name has not changed since you first applied to AU, please take a moment to check your Application to Graduate on Eagle Service to verify the spelling, punctuation, spacing, and capitalization of your diploma name. 

  5. Check back for more updates on plans to celebrate our graduates.